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TEAL Library Highlights Webinars- Learn from the Digital Literacy Work of Other Libraries

2013 July 2
by Naomi Ditullio

 Libraries are on the front lines of digital inclusion and digital literacy efforts. Nearly every Texas library offers free access to computers and the internet, and increasingly they are also providing computer classes, one-on-one help with email, and e-reader/gadget assistance. 

The Technology Expertise, Access and Learning for all Texans Project (TEAL), funded by the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, has upgraded public computing and technology training capacity at 154 computer centers (mostly libraries) across Texas. Since August 2010, the project has added more than 2,124 computers, upgraded internet connectivity at 56 sites, and established new computer centers in Houston and Arlington, whose public library recently launched the TechLink Mobile Technology lab. Participating sites have also provided computer classes to thousands of new computer users!

Join us for 2 webinars later this month and learn from the accomplishments of participating TEAL libraries in the area of digital literacy.  These webinars feature a panel of Texas library staff ready to share their experiences and answer your questions!


Friday, July 19, 10-11:30 AM

TEAL Library Highlights: Technology Training at the Library

This webinar will feature a panel of Texas library staff from Gilbreath Memorial Library (Winnsboro, TX), Rita and Truett Smith Public Library (Wylie, TX) and the Library at Cedar Creek (Seven Points, TX).  Panelists will share their experiences planning and offering computer classes.


Gilbreath Memorial Library offers computer classes with laptops.

Gilbreath Memorial Library offers computer classes with laptops.

Pam Dumse, Assistant Librarian, Gilbreath Memorial Library

Sondra Price, Library Director, the Library at Cedar Creek

Elizabeth Tate-George, Electronic Services Librarian, Rita and Truett Smith Public Library




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Friday, July 26, 2-3:30 PM

TEAL Library Highlights: Mobile Technology Training for Your Community

 As libraries become experts in digital literacy, they are expanding library service offerings and reaching beyond their physical walls. Marc Marchand from Arlington Public Library will discuss the creation of a new, library-run computer lab within an existing Parks and Recreation facility, and he will explain how the TechLink Mobile Technology lab is expanding the reach of the library. Robin Hall from Lancaster Veterans Memorial Library will share her experience offering computer classes at the local Senior Center, and Jeanie Lively from Salado Public Library will provide an overview of the innovative Tech-To-Go Program, which provides laptop computers to patrons for check-out (just like books!).


Arlington Public Library recently launched mobile training via. TechLink

Arlington Public Library recently launched mobile training via. TechLink

Marc Marchand, Library Services Manager, Arlington Public Library

Robin Hall, Administrative Aide, Lancaster Veterans Memorial Library

Jeanie Lively, Library Director, Salado Public Library





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